A Place to Die
First published in Crux, vol. 11, no. 3 (1973–4), pp. 24–7.
This chapter begins with the words of David Tasma, spoken to Cicely Saunders in 1948: ‘I only want what is in your mind and in your heart’. She describes St Christopher's Hospice, which grew from the inspiration of David Tasma, as ‘a medical foundation whose research reaches out widely in writing and teaching’ and as ‘a community in which the patients are the central members’. This sophisticated and reflective paper containing quotations from poems by T. S. Eliot and William Blake, is the first by Cicely Saunders in which the term ‘palliative care’ is used to denote the entire field of activity, rather than simply to signify the palliation of symptoms which may precede terminal care — a nomenclature recently introduced at that time by Balfour Mount himself.
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